Open Right Group Surveillance
Wednesday, April 26th 6:30 PM Cosmopolitan Hotel, Lower Briggate, LS1 4AE, Leeds

Nothing to hide, nothing to fear?

Did you know that at the end of 2016 you lost your right to online privacy?

In passing the Investigatory Powers Act (aka Snoopers Charter) the UK now has the most extreme surveillance regime of any western democracy.

Our communications can now be monitored and analysed, our location tracked, the apps we use and websites we visit stored for up to 12 months; regardless of suspicion.

Join us for an evening of talks and discussion where we will explore the current state of digital rights, why they matter and the dangers of mass surveillance to our democracy.

Come and learn about our campaigns and how you can get involved – let’s make 2017 the year we stand up for our digital rights!

This event is part of the Leeds Digital Festival, celebrating all forms of digital culture, 22nd – 29th April.

Open Rights Group Leeds or ‘ORG Leeds’ is a Leeds-based group for local supporters. 
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Employment Practices in the Modern Economy

Shared.jpgTaylor Review Leeds Hilton 3rd May 2:00 PM – 4:30 Book tickets

Employment Practices in the Modern Economy

A country-wide evidence gathering tour of the modern labour market has been announced.

Speaking to workers and employers working in sectors such as the gig and rural economies and manufacturing, to fully understand the impact of modern working practices and how different labour markets work. “We will gather your views of Modern Employment Practices in the local area.

Matthew Taylor (Chief Executive of the Royal Society of the Arts) leads the review to consider how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business models. The review will consider the implications of new forms of work, driven by digital platforms, for employee rights and responsibilities, employer freedoms and obligations, and our existing regulatory framework surrounding employment.

Review scope

The review will address 6 key themes:

Security, pay and rights

  • To what extent do emerging business practices put pressure on the trade-off between flexible labour and benefits such as higher pay or greater work availability, so that workers lose out on all dimensions?
  • To what extent does the growth in non-standard forms of employment undermine the reach of policies like the National Living Wage, maternity and paternity rights, pensions auto-enrolment, sick pay, and holiday pay?

Progression and training

  • How can we facilitate and encourage professional development within the modern economy to the benefit of both employers and employees?

The balance of rights and responsibilities

  • Do current definitions of employment status need to be updated to reflect new forms of working created by emerging business models, such as on-demand platforms?


  • Could we learn lessons from alternative forms of representation around the world?

Opportunities for under-represented groups

  • How can we harness modern employment to create opportunities for groups currently underrepresented in the labour market (the elderly, those with disabilities or care responsibilities)?

New business models

  • How can government – nationally or locally – support a diverse ecology of business models enhancing the choices available to investors, consumers and workers?

Review panel

Matthew Taylor has asked a panel of experts to support the six-month review. They will contribute their expertise on the labour market, start-up businesses and public policy areas. The three panel members are:

Paul Broadbent
Chief Executive of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA)

Greg Marsh
Founder and Formerly Chair and Chief Executive of onefinestay

Diane Nicol
(Employment Lawyer)     Partner at Pinsent Masons law firm


Modern Employment Review Leeds

Modern Employment Review Leeds
The review would like your views on how respond to the rapidly changing world of work so it delivers for ordinary people without damaging the flexibility that allows people to participate in work and which is one of the strengths of our Labour Market.

The Review team have been holding events around the UK in order to speak to employers and individuals who work in sectors like the gig economy, manufacturing and rural economies so we can fully understand the impact of modern working practices and how different labour markets work.

This event will include evidence sessions from a range of invited guests and time for Q&A from the participants and will be chaired by Greg Marsh, Entrepreneur and Investor, and a member of the expert Review panel.

Employment Practices in the Modern Economy

Matthew Taylor, Head of the Review, invites you to take part in his challenge:

“The Prime Minister has asked me to lead an independent review into how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business models. I want to hear your ideas on how to best respond to the rapidly changing world of work so it delivers for ordinary people while without damaging the flexibility that allows people to participate in work and is one of the strengths of our Labour Market.

“This discussion board has been created to allow as many people as possible to contribute as many ideas as possible and to get involved in the debate.

“The Review team has set up discussion threads for each of the six areas of the Review and created a space where you can post links to interesting reading material to support the discussion.

“I am genuinely interested in your thoughts and ideas and want the discussion to be a wide ranging and constructive one, so I ask that you do not name individual employers when talking about working practices and anything we consider offensive will be removed from the discussion thread.”

Find out more about the Review

Please note that the deadline for the submission of evidence is 17 May 2017

Leeds Event – 3rd May

On Wednesday the 3rd of May we will be visiting the Hilton in Leeds for our penultimate event. Here we will gather your views of Modern Employment Practices in the local area. The full address can be found at the link below.

If you have yet to book your tickets you can do so at:

For those of you who have tickets for this event, this stream will give you the opportunity to tell us what you want to get out of this event.

This stream will remain open for a week after the event so any comments you have after attending may also be posted on here.

For those not attending please feel free to read through the comments and add to any ideas raised. You can also pose questions to the panel, some of which may be selected for discussion at the event itself. We will post a summary of the answers in the comments below.

Why the contribution is important

This stream will give you a chance to help shape the discussion that is had on the day and also allow you to feed in your thoughts and questions.

Modern Employment Review Leeds

# HouseTheFuture National Demonstration

# HouseTheFuture National Demonstration
Saturday 8th April 12:00 Bradford City Park

Repeal legislation cutting housing benefit to 18-21 year olds.

Why is this important?

The cut will leave young people in situations of abuse, or being thrown out of their family home, more vulnerable to sleeping rough.

Government cuts to social care, youth services, children’s services and advice centres mean that those who become homeless are less likely to get support to help them out of their situation.

The estimated number of rough sleepers in England has doubled since 2010.

This is a national issue being spearheaded from Bradford which is the youngest city in the country and will be the youngest in Europe by 2020.